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There’s a quiet softness to Celeste that makes you feel instantly relaxed by her presence. The track ‘Both Sides Of The Moon’ subtly introduced her voice last year; one oozing with sophisticated, undeniable soul. Her voice has that natural ease that seems to just escape her throat, but contains so much detail, so many stories, such complex personal histories. For a 24-year-old, it’s staggering how much she shares with the greats, both modern and old: Amy, Etta, Ella, Otis, etc. Like their voices, hers doesn’t belong to a specific time or place, and yet it’s always welcome. It’s always needed.

In terms of her own inspirations, Celeste cites Frank Ocean as a songwriter who presents endless dimensions to their sound. Beyond Ocean, it’s everyday scenarios that form her muse. “I’m in a position where I’m fortunate to do the thing I want. My life feels quite easy,” she says, offering that she’s energised by everyone else caught up in the general rigmarole.

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